Week 17 – Final Push for the Playoffs

It’s the last day of the 2018 NFL Regular Season. Only one spot in the NFC playoffs is still up for grabs while not a single seed in the AFC has been clinched.

Lock: Los Angeles Chargers (-6.5) over Denver Broncos

Denver lost running back Philip Lindsay for the rest of the season last week. They also lost Emmanuel Sanders earlier in the season. The Chargers are guaranteed to make the playoffs, but they could move all the way up to the #1 seed if they take care of business in Denver and Kansas City loses today. A healthy Melvin Gordon and Keenan Allen will give Philip Rivers plenty of weapons to choose from today.

Upset: Cleveland Browns over Baltimore Ravens (-6.5)

This has more to do with me being a Steelers fan and praying that Cleveland can pull the upset. The Browns may not have a chance to make the playoffs, but they are still playing for a lot. Due to overwhelming demand, the Browns game will be on television in Columbus and other parts of Ohio instead of the Steelers. Cleveland can possibly end their season with a winning record for the first time in over a decade and sweep both Cincinnati and Baltimore in what has been the season of hope for Browns’ players and fans. Everyone knows how good the Ravens’ defense is and how Lamar Jackson has played, but Baker Mayfield won’t let those get into his head.

Random: Pittsburgh Steelers (-14.0) over Cincinnati Bengals

Antonio Brown and James Conner are both questionable for the Steelers, but they still have more talent than a Bengals’ team without Andy Dalton, AJ Green, and Tyler Boyd. Pittsburgh needs to win or else a Baltimore loss or Indianapolis-Tennessee tie means nothing. Big Ben should have a field day with the Bengals’ defense and do something he has never done before – pass for at least 5,000 yards in a season.


Side Note: After sustaining what could of been a career-ending injury, it is amazing to see Teddy Bridgewater get his first start in almost three years.

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